On 20-Dec-2014 11:46 -0600, Steinmetz, Paul wrote:
SNDPTFORD recently downloaded 52 PTFs for APAR SE57676:
SI53723 thru SI53820.
I've never seen this many PTFs for a single APAR.
Is this correct?
All have the same cover letter description.

DESCRIPTION OF PROBLEM FIXED <<SNIP>>


The list of PTFs appears to be derived from the Distribution Requisites of the pre-requisite PTF SI54789; PTFs that were created for new function provided by the APAR SE60285. That prereq PTF provides the MRI [the language support] for that new function delivered via PTFs each associated with the APAR SE57676.

Being language support, there must be a separate PTF for each of the primary and secondary National Language Versions (NLVs) for which the feature was developed\delivered; the OS is available for each supported Nation Language Version (NLV), and the PTFs are for the OS. A language-specific PTF seemingly would be required only for those languages for which there are actual differences, whether they be some token specific to that language or actual translated text, but the realities are different and more complicated to explain.

While the list of PTFs are delivered as /requisites/, they are requisite only in _ordering_ rather than _applying_, per having the designation of "Distribution Requisites"; i.e. they are merely delivered\distributed with an order. Any of these PTFs would be applied only as\if required; e.g. the NLV2924 is the typical USEnglish installation, so the PTF SI53722 might be the only PTF installed on a typical USA English-centric system. If your system does not have Estonian language support, then obviously there would be no reason to load and apply the PTF.

<http://www-912.ibm.com/a_dir/as4ptf.NSF/d274b8e7d37f34a786256e320076c355/9056f9f444eb047986257d880073c034?OpenDocument>
"PTF#: SI54789 - IBM i
Licensed Program: 5770SS1
APAR Fixed: View details for APAR SE60285
Release: 7.1
...
Pre/Co-Requisite PTF / Fix List

REQ LICENSED PTF/FIX LEVEL
TYPE PROGRAM REL NUMBER MIN/MAX OPTION
---- -------- --- ------- ------- ------
DIST 5770SS1 710 SE57676 00/00 0000 (SEE MRI PTF/FIX LIST BELOW)

MRI PTF/FIX LIST
----------------
APAR SE57676 AFFECTS THESE LANGUAGES. IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE
LANGUAGES INSTALLED, INSTALL THE DISTRIBUTION REQUISITE MRI PTF THAT
CORRESPONDS TO THE LANGUAGE(S) INSTALLED ON YOUR SYSTEM.
-----------------------------------------------------------------
: FEATURE LICENSED PTF/FIX :
: CODE LANGUAGE PROGRAM NUMBER :
: ------- ------------------------------- -------- ------- :
: 2924 ENGLISH UPPER/LOWER CASE SBCS 5770SS1 SI53722 :
: 2902 ESTONIAN 5770SS1 SI53723 :
..."


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